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Version 2. F1000Res. 2013 Sep 23 [revised 2013 Dec 9];2:195. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-195.v2. eCollection 2013.

Kairomonal communication in mice is concentration-dependent with a proportional discrimination threshold.

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  • 1School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 637551, Singapore.


Odors of predators are often co-opted by prey species to serve as warning signals. Perceptual properties of such kairomonal communication are under studied despite their common use in many mammals. We demonstrate that the kairomonal response in mice to rat odors varies monotonically with the volume of rat odor. Moreover, the ability of mice to differentiate between two strengths of rat odors is dependent on the ratio of the two concentrations. These results show that mice can compare kairomonal strength over a large range of values, and that kairomonal communication follows Weber's law.

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